Thursday, November 8, 2018

Scholten moves up into clinic manager role at Promise CHC

SIOUX CENTER – Melinda Scholten has experienced many aspects of health care and now is taking a step up in leadership at Promise Community Health Center.

Melinda Scholten
She has assumed the position of clinic manager after serving in the roles of clinic nurse and health records specialist at the health center since October 2016.

Emily Tuschen, who previously was Promise’s clinic manager and now is the co-chief executive officer and chief operations officer, said Scholten’s prior duties at the health center, along with her hospital nursing experience, “have molded her to be a great fit” as Promise’s clinic manager.

“She has a welcoming demeanor and is very knowledgeable,” Tuschen said. “We are so excited to see her excel in this new role.”

Here are Scholten’s reflections about her new responsibilities:

Q: What are your thoughts about assuming the clinic manager role?
A: I am excited about the challenge. Although it is a little overwhelming at times, I believe Promise is doing great things, and I look forward to being more involved in my new role.

Q: What appeals to you about this role?
A: I enjoy being a resource and helping others with the knowledge I have. This role is a little different than that of a traditional nurse. Instead of helping patients, I get to help the nurses and medical assistants with troubleshooting, problem-solving and giving them the tools to excel in their positions.

Q: What do you hope you can bring to Promise in this role?
A: I hope to be a manager who completes reporting in a timely manner to appropriate agencies and who is a resource to the clinical staff while always looking for ways to improve the clinic for patients as well as employees.

Q: What initial goals do you have?
A: I want to learn more about all of the programs that Promise offers and develop an inventory system that enables staff to have the supplies they need in place that makes them most efficient.

Promise Community Health Center of Sioux Center is a Federally Qualified Health Center serving the northwest corner of Iowa. Promise provides medical, prenatal, dental, vision, behavioral health and family planning services. To learn more, visit and watch this video. To read more Promise news, visit

Melinda Scholten grew up in Sioux Center, graduated from Sioux Center High School in 1998 and earned a bachelor’s degree in agriculture business/animal science from Dordt College in Sioux Center in 2002.

After working as an ag loan assistant at First National Bank in Sioux Center for two years, she decided to go back to school and earned her associate degree in nursing from Northwest Iowa Community College in Sheldon in 2006. She then served as a nurse at Sioux Center Health for a decade before coming to Promise Community Health Center in October 2016.

Scholten and her husband, Joel, live in rural Sioux Center and have four children, Lane, 11; Jenna, 9; Dana, 7; and Elsie, 4.